Scribblenauts Unlimited Review
Scribblenauts Unlimited (Steam)
This is a game in the Scribblenauts series, which follows Maxwell and his magic notebook. In this game, Maxwell and his sister, Lily, have caused some trouble with the notebook for a little old man. The old man doesn't take this lying down and curses Lily to slowly turn to stone. The two come up with a solution: Gather Starites by doing good deeds around the world and save Lily from her predicament.
You'll take control of Maxwell, but you'll unlock his siblings as you progress the game and solve their problems. By clicking on Maxwell, you can change which sibling you'll control. You then travel to different areas, where you have a number of problems to solve. When entering a new area, you can click on the 'Starite' icon on the top left of your screen to see how many Starite and Starite pieces you can collect. Once they have all been collected, you'll see a 'Level Complete' appear on your screen.
Starite pieces can be obtained by solving problems of the people, or creatures, or even objects you see in an area. By clicking on them, sometimes you'll see a problem above their description. These can range from "I need a friend" to "I'm looking for an object I lost". Maxwell can then use his magic notepad to help them. Full Starite missions are shown in each area by a blue star. Approaching these and clicking on them will take you to a special level of sorts with several steps to complete in order to receive the Starite. These vary from "Complete the Prison Gauntlet" to "Help Solve the Crime of the Missing Santa".
As I mentioned before, a lot of these problems are solved using the Magic Notebook. You can access it either by clicking on an object or person that needs help, or by clicking the icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Then you simply type in a word and it will appear. There are limits: no profanities, sexuality, trademarks, and a few other things, but there is a very wide range of items, people, or animals you can make. You can also apply adjectives to things, such as "Big", "Hot", "Frozen", etc.
The game is very open in terms of how you complete most challenges. Occasionally you will receive a challenge that needs one very specific thing, but a lot of the time you can be very creative. For example, when asking for a long range weapon, you can create a gun, a slingshot, or even a baseball to fulfill the request. This can add some variety to replays. You can also just do silly things like making your wings pink and sparkly. This is also a good game for kids as it allows them to use their imagination and try to solve problems, but younger kids may need help with some concepts and references. The game isn't too challenging, but some problems require you to think a little harder.
There are a wide variety of locations to visit, so if you find some you don't enjoy, there are plenty of different types to explore. The world opens up the more Starites you collect, with 60 needed to complete the game. Once you've collected 60, you can continue to play and try to collect all the Starites, of which there are over 100. Travel between areas can be done in each area (you'll see a small globe with an arrow indicating that clicking on it will send you to a new area) or by clicking on the globe icon on the top of your screen and selecting any available location on the map. There's also an item editor mode, where you can edit the appearance of a lot of the things you'll see, as well as your avatar.
Overall this game was very fun, and it was good for some laughs. Some of the scenes or consequences were pretty amusing. It's easy to pick up and play for a few minutes and put it back down, or play for a while longer. It's not overly complicated, but it does make you use your brain. I enjoyed seeing a lot of the new areas and seeing the most creative ways I could solve certain problems. It took me a while to get the hang of some things, but overall I have very little complaints. It's not a serious or heavy game if that's what you're looking for, but it's great fun if you want something shorter and more lighthearted.
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